Jonathan dos Santos

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is dos Santos and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.
Jonathan dos Santos
2012 2013 - 12 Jonathan Dos Santos.jpg
Jonathan playing for Barcelona during 2012–13 season
Personal information
Full name Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Monterrey, Mexico
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
2002–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 81 (6)
2009–2014 Barcelona 14 (0)
2014– Villarreal 0 (0)
National team
2009– Mexico 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 March 2012

Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez (born 26 April 1990) is a Mexican footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF as a central or defensive midfielder.

He has also been called up to the Mexican national team.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico,[3] Jonathan was competing along with his brother Giovani dos Santos in a youth tournament in France, where he was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts who were impressed with what they saw and decided to bring him and his brother to La Masia after a trial.

Club career[edit]


2008–09 season[edit]

In the 2008–09 season he was in Juvenil A where he was captain of the team.[4] During that same season he obtained a Spanish passport and thereby acquired Citizenship of the European Union, which enables him to play in the first team.[5]

2009–10 season[edit]

In the summer of 2009, he was selected by the manager of FC Barcelona B, Luis Enrique, to form part of the second team.[6] Subsequently, Pep Guardiola called him up to the first team during pre-season in England and the tour in the United States.[7] On 15 August 2009, Jonathan was called up for his first official game with the first team in the Supercopa de España against Athletic Bilbao, although he was eventually ruled out and saw the game as a spectator.[8][9] He made his debut with Barcelona B on 5 September 2009 against Mallorca B. The match finished in a 1–1 draw.[10] Jonathan made his debut for Barcelona on 28 October 2009, coming on as a substitute for Seydou Keita in the 80th minute in an away Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa, which Barcelona won 2–0.[11] He made his Champions League debut for Barcelona on 24 November 2009 against Internazionale in a 2–0 win at the Camp Nou when he replaced Andrés Iniesta in the 92nd minute.[12] Due to the lengthy 2009–10 season many Barcelona players were given breaks towards the end of the year. This meant the first team was going to be a few men short, and hence four Barça B players were called up by Guardiola on 29 December 2009. Among these four were Jonathan, Thiago Alcântara, Gai Assulin and Víctor Vázquez.[13] His La Liga debut came on 2 January 2010 when he started against Villarreal CF before being substituted by Iniesta in the 60th minute.[14]

2010–11 season[edit]

Jonathan was called up by Guardiola to the first team during pre-season along with other players from Barcelona B. In the first three matches, Guardiola played him as defensive midfielder, a position he had never played before. Nevertheless, dos Santos said, "I've felt comfortable in this position."[15]

2011–12 season[edit]

On 26 July 2011, Jonathan started, and scored a goal in the 2–2 draw against Sport Club Internacional in the 2011 Audi Cup. The match went to a penalty shootout, where he scored as well. Barcelona advanced to the final, where they beat FC Bayern Munich 2–0. Jonathan was part of the starting line-up in both matches, though he played at right back in the final. Jonathan made his season debut on 29 August in the 5–0 home win against Villarreal CF, coming in as a substitute for Cesc Fàbregas in the 70th minute.

On 24 November 2011, Jonathan signed a contract extension which will keep him at Barcelona until 2015.[16] On 6 December, he appeared in the starting squad and played 58 minutes against FC BATE Borisov for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage match.[17]

2012–13 season[edit]

Despite rumours of a transfer to other Spanish clubs such as Real Betis and Málaga CF,[18] and Sevilla FC,[19] newly appointed coach Tito Vilanova officially called up Jonathan to Barcelona's first team squad, handing him the number 12 shirt.[20] On 6 April 2013 against RCD Mallorca, he came on as a substitute for Iniesta in the 50th minute and competed against his brother Giovani dos Santos.


On 9 July 2014 Jonathan signed a five-year deal with fellow league team Villareal CF, reuniting with his brother Giovani.[21]

International career[edit]

Jonathan playing for Mexico in 2011.

Jonathan made his debut for the Mexico national football team when he started in a friendly against Colombia on 30 September 2009. He was substituted for Patricio Araujo in the 72nd minute; Colombia won the game 2–1.[22][23] This meant that he represented his national team before debuting for his club team.[24]

On 3 March 2010, Jonathan played 61 minutes against New Zealand. During the game, off a corner from Cuauhtémoc Blanco, the ball rolled towards him and he shot from outside the box but hit the crossbar.

Jonathan was left out of Mexico's 23-man final squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[25][26]

In May 2011, Jonathan was left out of the 2011 Gold Cup final squad. On 24 May 2011 he was called up to play the Copa América.[27] He was subsequently dismissed from the team.[28]

On 29 February 2012 he returned to the Mexican national team for a friendly match against Colombia in Miami, Florida in which they lost 0–2.[29]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 28 September 2013
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[30] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 19 1 19 1
2010–11 32 2 32 2
2011–12 30 3 30 3
Total 81 6 81 6
Barcelona 2009–10 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
2011–12 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2013–14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 14 0 9 0 4 0 1 0 28 0
Career totals 95 6 9 0 4 0 1 0 109 6


As of match played 1 March 2012.[31]
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2009 1 0
2010 4 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
Total 6 0



Personal life[edit]

Jonathan is the son of former Brazilian footballer Zizinho, who played for the Mexican football clubs América and Leon in the late 1980s. His mother, Liliana Ramírez, is a Mexican national. "He has a talented future soccer star cousin;(Francisco Bladimir Romero Santos)Future known,"; two brothers and two half-brothers; the elder, Éder dos Santos, who used to play for América in the Primera División de Mexico as a defensive midfielder before retiring, and Giovani dos Santos, who currently plays for Villarreal in La Liga, as an attacking midfielder. In 2011 he was suspended and fined by the Mexican national team due to his misconduct and involvement with prostitutes during the Copa América in Ecuador.[32]


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  2. ^ "Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez Biography". FC
  3. ^ "Jonathan dos Santos: Profile". FC
  4. ^ Guardiola sigue de cerca a Jonathan Dos Santos
  5. ^ Jonathan Dos Santos ya es comunitario
  6. ^ Doce juveniles para el filial
  7. ^ Una decena de talentos para Guardiola
  8. ^ Messi, ausente en la primera lista de la temporada
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Barça earn first point (1–1)". 5 September 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Partido al minuto". 28 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Barcelona vs Inter Milan". 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Barca up to 4 of subsidiary". 29 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Barça earn first point (1–1)". 2 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Me he sentido cómodo en esta posición.
  16. ^ New deal for Dos Santos. Sky Sports. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  17. ^ [1]. Mediotiempo. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  18. ^ "Report: Jonathan dos Santos on Betis and Malaga's radar". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  19. ^ "En Sevilla no niegan interés en Jona dos Santos". ESPNDeportes. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  20. ^ "FC Barcelona – Official Football Roster 2012–13". Fox Sports. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  21. ^ El Villarreal CF ficha a Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal CF signs Jonathan dos Santos); Villarreal's official website, 9 July 2014 (Spanish)
  22. ^ La gran novedad
  23. ^ México 1–2 Colombia
  24. ^ "Barcelona's Jonathan Dos Santos Delighted With Mexico Call". 23 September 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "México 2–0 Nueva Zelanda... Segunda victoria del Tri y comienzan a volar" (in spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  26. ^ "World Cup 2010: Mexico drop Jonathan dos Santos". BBC Sports. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  27. ^ "World Cup 2010: Giovani Dos Santos 'considering quitting Mexico squad'". The Telegraph. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Tena pierde a cinco titulares del Tri Sub-22". Diario Récord. Grupo Editorial Notmusa. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  29. ^ "Convocatoria de la Selección Mayor ante la Selección de Colombia". Mi Selección. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  30. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
  31. ^ "dos Santos, Jonathan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Mexican Players sent home from Copa America". Fox Soccer

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